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Electronic Suspension for 2014 Yamaha FJR

Friday, September 6, 2013
Yamaha reveals the remaining models of its 2014 lineup, with the FJR1300 sport-touring platform now offering electronic suspension. Yamaha also debuts a new version of its zippy 50cc Zuma, the Zuma 50FX, and a limited-edition Raider SCL from its Star cruiser line. Also of note is what hasn’t changed for 2014, as the Tuning Fork brand’s R1 Superbike and R6 Supersport platforms will go untouched for yet another model year. MSRP hasn’t changed either, as Yamaha freezes pricing on its returning 2013 models.

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FJR1300ES

The FJR1300ES gets its moniker from the new electronic suspension package. The ES system adjusts damping in the fork, and the damping and preload setting in the rear shock. Four preload settings are available: One Up, One Up with Luggage, Two Up and Two Up with Luggage. Within each preload setting, three preset damping settings are offered: Soft, Standard and Hard. Additionally, riders can further adjust the damping – three firmer and three softer from the base setting. ES adjustment is operated via handlebar-mounted switch, with the setting displayed on the FJR’s right-side LCD display.

At $16,890 the ES model packs a $1000 premium on the base FJR1300, which returns following a 2013 redesign that included an overhaul of the 1298cc Inline Four, the addition of ride-by-wire, traction control and switchable engine maps, as well as significant chassis updates (Read more in the 2013 Yamaha FJR1300 First Ride). The FJR base model does get one tweak for 2014 as Candy Red colorway replaces last year’s Stone Gray.

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FZ-09

Coloring was also the news for the much-anticipated FZ-09, as the Blazing Orange paint scheme will be offered alongside the Liquid Graphite and Rapid Red options already revealed when the new mount broke cover earlier this summer. Yamaha says it added the new color option because of the enthusiastic response to the new design. Read more on the all-new naked standard and its Inline Triple in the FZ-09 First Look article and stay tuned for a First Ride report after we sample it later this month. 

YZF-R6 & YZF-R1

Yamaha’s Superbike and Supersport platforms are unaltered for 2014. The R1 got its last ground-up redesign in 2009, premiering its signature crossplane Inline Four, while 2012 marked the addition of traction control. The R6 has gone even longer since a major overhaul, way back in 2008. But, as mentioned before, the pricing is unchanged for the new year – making the $10,990 R6 the most affordable bike in its class. Yamaha also returns its FZ-1 standard for 2014, as well as the fully-faired FZ6R.
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sloppy   September 11, 2013 01:37 AM
Thanks Bart. I really love this bike and certainly would consider buying one. I hope that Yamaha has tightened the handling with the ES. Keep us posted!
MCUSA Bart   September 9, 2013 09:18 AM
Good question sloppy. Won't know until we get a chance to ride one. The older FJR (pre-2013 model year redesign) is one of my all-time favorite handling bikes. On the 2013 revamped FJR, which I tested last year, I appreciated all of the changes to the engine, including the improved fueling and addition of ride by wire and variable engines maps. The one question mark I had were the changes to the front fork. But the limited riding time didnt allow us to fiddle too much with the suspension settings. I imagine the electronic suspension will improve the ride, or at least make it more versatile to rider tastes. But we won't know until we try one... I imagine MotoUSA will get the opportunity later this year.
neo1piv014   September 9, 2013 06:59 AM
That FZ-09 looks awesome without those awful blue wheels.
sloppy   September 9, 2013 06:17 AM
Bart, how is the ES supposed to handle as compared to the 1300A. With inverted forks, I assume it will be much more firm and sporty.
Ron P.   September 8, 2013 07:48 PM
That's funny, Piglet
Piglet2010   September 7, 2013 07:06 PM
No updates to the TW200 announced?